Every type of automobile class has one vehicle that stands tall among the rest. For pickups, there is the Ford F-150; luxury SUVs have the Range Rover. In the compact luxury sedan marketplace, there is no greater equal than the BMW 3-Series. Since the 3-Series was introduced back in the late seventies, it has garnered a reputation as being one of best driving sedans on the marketplace. It has also grown from its two-door origins to include a sedan, convertible, and a wagon. We're taking a look at one part of the massive 3-Series lineup; the 335i xDrive sedan.

The current 335i is very much a BMW in its design. With a rounded front end, twin-kidney grille, and bold character line running along the side, the 335i follows the current design DNA for the brand. Inside, the 335i is well appointed with your choice of wood and metal trim, and leather seats. It also comes with a variety of option packages that you can order to make it your own.

The 335i sticks with the tried and true inline-six, a 3.0L in this case. From there, BMW fits their TwinPower Turbo technology to help produce 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. You can get a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic with the 335i. You can also get BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system as well. In the case of our BMW 335i, it was equipped with the eight-speed automatic and xDrive. That means on the EPA test cycle, it gets 20 City/30 Highway/24 Combined.

A 2013 BMW 335i starts at $43,400. Equip it with xDrive and you're looking at $45,400. Competitors to the BMW 335i xDrive include the Audi S4, Mercedes-Benz C350, and Lexus IS 350.